Our Team


Curtis Dean, co-founder and CBAN Vice President, has been involved in community broadband for 20+ years.

In 2015, he established SmartSource Consulting to provide services to small telecommunications services, including project management, marketing and strategic planning.

Curtis holds a B.A. from Buena Vista University and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Todd Kielkopf, Community Broadband Action Network

Through Kielkopf  Advisory Services, CBAN co-founder and Treasurer Todd Kielkopf advises utilities, organizations and startups on business formation, strategic development phases and financial matters.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University.


As Community Manager, Kate Kielkopf specializes in curating community outreach and brand recognition.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Truman State University and a Masters of Art in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Public Policy and Public Management from Iowa State University.

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Jon Willow is a former digital publisher and journalist with extensive experience working with state and local governments and policy-making bodies. A co-founder of CBAN, she is also the President.

Jon also owns Crystal Clear Communications, a small firm serving small- to medium-sized companies, nonprofits and municipalities, including locally-owned utilities.

Jon holds a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Iowa and is pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University.